Space ambitions shrink in scale
When those who were meant to, dream not.
Innumerable stars will never be caught by their glint,
Or betray a clarity against coal backdrops.
Against the featureless, black-hole of squishing,
Connections are drawn like dots:
From one, to the other.
To those who cast their line,
In the overwhelming tide,
And live well in the knowledge of creation.
While others still, with a stencil, will.
Following a claimed fate,
Bold and harsh, in shades.
Drawn since time immemorial.
Their straight-jackets pulled taught,
On those who refuse to be understood,
By those who refuse to understand.
The cavity of your mind, is not tooled or set.
We sub-conscious roam, don’t you know?
For the other.
In that time that seems sweet – sleep,
Dreaming that which is naught,
But a cerebral-day.
Dreams too life-like, to be anything but.
Faces, people and places,
Moving from one pond to the other.
Dipping toes in luke-warm water.
They’re the actors of each dreamer’s play.
The mares and the caricatures,
Beautiful in their own vague way.
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This poem, which begins with a headline from the BBC News, deals with the concept of connected-dreams and of those who do not know how to dream. I had no plan for the poem when it began, instead allowing the writing to bring me to a realization through a natural process of creation and contemplation. The poem began with a single line, “Space ambitions shrink in scale”, the headline from an article I did not read; I did not want the actual material of the piece to affect the course of the poem. Instead, I allowed subjectivity and individual interpretation reign. What the headline could have meant, or rather what it meant to me, soon revealed itself in the free-verse form. After completing the poem, I read the news piece in question. I noted the general unlikeness between the realism involved in the cut-backs on space-travel research, and my poem about refusing mental-boundaries and allowing yourself any and all exploration of the human mind, or space. This combination of a rigid, scientific-news piece and unstructured poetry, led to the creation of a personal theory: our dreams are inhabited by other dreamers.
Cooper, Quentin. “Space Ambitions Shrink in Scale.” BBC.com. BBC, 10 Sept. 2012. Web. <http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20120910-space-ambitions-shrink-in-scale>.